Police still searching for thieves who stole from Rochester Mobil Gas Station
ROCHESTER - Police are still searching for two men who allegedly stole approximately $600 from Mobil Gas Station on Farmington Road over the weekend.
On Saturday, at approximately 7:15 a.m., officers responded to the report of a theft after two men in their early 20s grabbed the cash while the clerk, who is in his 60s, was helping other customers.
After taking their loot, the men took off on foot. The Strafford County K-9 Unit was able to track them to Northgate Apartments, which is just down the street.
On Monday, the clerk, who identified himself as Paul Philbrick, of Rochester, said he did not recognize the men as regular customers. Another customer alerted him to the theft, Philbrick said, after they saw one of the men reach over the lottery counter and take two $100 bills and a number of $20 bills.
Philbrick said the men did not appear to be intoxicated.
Store owner Rami Alfa said this is the second time there has been a theft from his store in the past year. In October, a man wearing gloves and a mask committed a theft crime at the Mobil, Alfa said.
"Those two kids did not look like professionals," Alfa said of the recent thieves. He said that his store is equipped with 32 surveillance cameras and he expects police to find the young men quickly because they did not even attempt to cover their faces during the alleged crime.
There are five cameras faced toward the front register alone.
Members of the community who learned about the crime on Monday afternoon were saddened by the incident.
"No one knows the difference between what is right is right and wrong anymore," Wesley Knight of Wakefield said. "It's upsetting."
Another woman, who did not want to be identified, said she grew up in Rochester and the entire area has changed since she grew up in the 1980's. She blames the opioid epidemic.
"We've got panhandlers now," she said. "I was with my daughter and we saw a dead body by Holy Rosary Church. She asked, 'Mama, why is that man laying down on the lawn?' I had to say maybe he was dizzy, or he had too much to drink. It ended up he was dead."
Police said that the men they are looking for were wearing black hats with a flat rim on Saturday morning. Each hat had a Chicago Bulls emblem on them. One of the men was described as being slim and approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall.
The second man was also described as slim. He is approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, according to witnesses.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call Officer John Bourque at the Rochester Police Department. The phone number is 603-330-7128.